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Sagging breasts are a natural part of the aging process, childbirth and massive weight loss. A well-done breast lift with our Board-certified Portland plastic surgeon, Dr. Lewis, can reverse some of these effects and restore perky, elevated breasts.

What is a breast lift?

Our breast lift in Portland, Oregon (also called a mastopexy) is a procedure that’s designed to elevate the position of sagging, drooping breasts. It involves trimming away excess tissue, reshaping the breasts, tightening internal structures and repositioning and resizing the areolas. A breast lift is similar to a breast reduction except that only skin, not breast volume, is removed. In patients who desire lifted and larger breasts, a mastopexy with breast augmentation is a great option.

Signs you may need a breast lift

Dr. Lewis may recommend a Portland breast lift if you suffer from:

  • Breasts that have lost their shape or volume
  • Flat, elongated or pendulous breasts
  • Nipples that point downward
  • Enlarged or stretched areolas

Why do breasts sag?

With age, the breast skin as well as ligaments within the breast lose a certain degree of their natural elasticity. As a result, the breasts begin to droop. In some women, this drooping is mild and barely noticeable. In others, it is dramatic and can alter their breast shape and overall figure substantially.

In addition to natural, age-related elasticity loss, pregnancy, breastfeeding and massive weight loss are the three leading causes of sagging breasts.

Benefits of a breast lift

Perky, elevated breasts

A more youthful overall appearance

Increased clothing options

Enhanced self-esteem

Your breast lift surgical options


This is our most common approach we do during our breast lift in Portland procedure. It involves a standard, anchor-shaped incision around the areola, down the front of the breast and along the bottom crease. It can address breasts that feature significant sagging and droopiness and is a suitable option for most women.


The doughnut approach is less intensive than the standard option, but it also removes less skin. To perform this procedure, Dr. Lewis will create incisions around your areolas and remove a small “doughnut” of tissue from around them. He will then sew the skin closed to tighten the breast envelope. The scarring is minimal, but this surgery is only appropriate for women with small breasts and minimal droop.


The ideal option for women who require a moderate lift, the lollipop approach involves an incision around the nipple and areola and down the front of the breast. It is associated with less scarring than the standard approach, but Dr. Lewis can remove more tissue when compared to the doughnut technique.

The day of your surgery

When you arrive for your Portland breast lift, at Dr. Lewis' office, he will begin by marking your chest to guide him through the procedure. You will then receive general anesthesia from an anesthesiologist to ensure your comfort and safety.

Once your surgery is complete, Dr. Lewis will bandage your breasts and provide you with a compression garment designed to maintain your new breast shape and minimize discomfort. You will be free to return home the very same day to begin the healing process, though you will need a friend or family member to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours.

Your Recovery

You should prepare to take about a week to rest immediately after your surgery. During this time, avoid bending and lifting, and begin lightly walking around the house to promote circulation. In about a week, many of our Portland breast lift patients are able to return to sedentary work and most can resume exercising within four to six weeks.

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A breast lift with our Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Matthew Lewis, can transform your figure and your self-esteem. Contact Portland, Oregon plastic surgery center today to schedule an appointment and begin planning for your new body.

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